I have reviewed several Alpha & Delta earphone products over the years. A Singapore brand by Lend Me UR Ears located at The Adelphi #04-16, the Alpha & Delta Elite is their latest “flagship” true-wireless earbuds with a recommended retail price of S$99. Popular bookstores is also selling at a special launch price S$79.90 with a free wireless charging pad, till 31 Dec.
At this price, could you expect any good specs to come out of it? Apparently, yes! Let’s break it down:
- Qualcomm QCC3020 TWS Plus chipset
- Bluetooth 5.0
- aptX, AAC and SBC codecs
- Auto pairing
- Wireless charging
- Touch control
- IPX5 water resistant
- Type-C charging port
- 4-5 hours per charge
- 4 additional charges with the case
The specs seem to closely resemble the PaMu Slide I reviewed a while back, at a much lower price, albeit shorter battery and a smaller case for more compact storage.
The case and the earbuds are coated with a matt finish. The magnetic dock holds the earbuds tightly, and initially I felt it was difficult to remove them from the case, until I find a quick-and-effective method, which is to use the index finger, pull the earbud from the top and outwards to detach it from the magnet.
They fit in my ears comfortably and securely, because the middle section of the earbud is fatter than the outside, contoured to fill the ear walls snugly, and that acts as a stabilizer to keep the earbuds in the ears. This design also makes the earbud look compact. A little “teardrop” extension sits the mic for design character.
See below comparison with other earbuds on the design: the Elite is one of the smallest earbuds, and the second cheapest.
I like the touch operation controls: double tap the right earbud to skip next track, double tap the left earbud to skip previous track. Hold the right earbud touch sensor to increase volume, and the left to decrease volume. Overall control is a little laggy, about 1 second reaction time, but volume control takes the longest: I need to press and hold for about 2 seconds before the volume gets changed.
The earbuds are skewed towards the dark side, well-suited for listeners who prefer a rounder sound signature with heavier bass feel at slow decay. The treble is not as bright-sounding, relatively veiled, but ideal for loud volume listening. The sound staging is close and wide towards the ears, while noise isolation is quite good. With an IPX5 rating, wearing it for workout is rather motivating, with touch controls easy to use.
Voice call quality is not hi-fi clear, but ambient noise cancellation is adequate. The transmission quality is good with no break-ups during my review.
The Alpha & Delta Elite comes with premium wireless technology, a compact design, and secure ear fit, at a very affordable price point. I would prefer the treble to be a little more sparkling to match the full boomy bass, so if your audio player comes with EQ settings, you can adjust to suit your listening preference. Other than that, I like the overall package and earbud design. All A&D earphones enjoy 1 year local warranty, with the service centre at The Adelphi, conveniently located opposite Funan.
For more product information, check out the official online website (link here). Visit the Lend Me UR Ears Facebook page for the latest product promotion.